#UK Steve Irwin dying: Mystery surrounds ‘dying tape’ 16 years after he was stabbed in chest by stingray #UKnews
The location of the tape exhibiting the tragic dying of Steve Irwin stays a thriller 16 years after a stingray killed the beloved Australian conservationist.
Irwin was barbed by a ray on September 4, 2006, on the Batt Reef close to Port Douglas whereas filming for a brand new tv present.
Camera crews labored desperately to attempt to save the atmosphere icon earlier than getting him to shore, the place paramedics carried out CPR – however he died earlier than reaching the hospital.
The whole incident was caught on digicam for the Ocean’s Deadliest program – with tapes handed over to authorities to assist their investigation.
The anniversary of Irwin’s dying was on Monday, however the footage has nonetheless by no means been made public, largely because of the needs of his shut family and friends.
‘When that’s lastly launched [after being investigated], it would by no means see the sunshine of day. Ever. Ever,’ Irwin’s finest mate and director John Stainton informed Larry King in 2006.
‘I really noticed it, however I do not wish to see it once more.’
The tape exhibiting the tragic dying of Steve Irwin stays a thriller 16 years after beloved Australian conservationist was killed by a stingray
Irwin turned one of many world’s most beloved and recognisable conversationists because of his bigger than life persona
Irwin was diving for his new present on the day of his dying, with crews initially making an attempt to trace a lethal tiger shark off the reef.
After failing to search out one, Irwin as an alternative locked in on a big, eight-foot stingray for a separate undertaking they had been engaged on, believed to be his daughter’s Bindi the Jungle Girl present.
Irwin swam above the normally docile and innocent stingray, earlier than it projected certainly one of its barbs into his chest – probably mistaking him for a shark.
Rays use the barbs, that are three venomous spinal blades in its tail, as a defence mechanism when threatened or stepped on.
The stingray pierced Irwin’s chest as he swam over it and struck his coronary heart, with crews speeding the icon to their boat.
‘It went by means of his chest like a scorching knife by means of butter,’ Irwin’s cameraman Justin Lyons mentioned, who filmed the tragic incident.
Irwin informed his group the ray ‘punctured me lung’ after being hit, not realising it had as an alternative struck his coronary heart.
‘It most likely thought Steve’s shadow was a tiger shark, who feeds on them fairly repeatedly, so it began to assault him,’ Lyons mentioned.
‘As we’re motoring again, I’m screaming at one of many different crew in the boat to place their hand over the wound, and we’re saying to him issues like, “Think of your kids, Steve, hang on, hang on, hang on”.
‘He simply kind of calmly seemed up at me and mentioned, “I’m dying.” And that was the very last thing he mentioned.’
Irwin’s finest mate and director John Stainton mentioned the footage of his dying would ‘by no means see the sunshine of day’ and admitted he wished he’d by no means watched it
The 44-year-old conservationist had ordered all his groups to movie every thing that occurred whatever the dire scenario, with the horrific footage instantly handed over to authorities who had been investigating his dying.
Biographer Timmy Donovan mentioned Irwin at all times informed folks ‘he can be unhappy if nobody obtained [his death] on tape’.
Australia mourned the lack of certainly one of its favorite sons along with his funeral broadcast internationally from his beloved Australia Zoo in Queensland in the times following.
Irwin’s shut pal Stainton, who labored alongside the icon with Discovery Communications, mentioned he would make sure the video was by no means made public in an emotional interview with CNN host Larry King.
‘I might by no means need that tape proven,’ the director mentioned in the wake of his dying.
Stainton accompanied Irwin’s physique on a seaplane again from Cairns following his dying earlier than watching as his spouse Terri and youngsters Bindi and Robert arrived to see his casket for the primary time.
‘I travelled on the aircraft with him for six hours, simply him and I. For 5 hours, I could not cease crying. It was devastating,’ he mentioned in 2006.
The footage was handed over to authorities who returned it after their investigation was full. All copies had been destroyed aside from one which was given to spouse Terri (centre)
‘The indisputable fact that we lastly obtained him residence and the household noticed the casket final night time, it was like a full cease.
‘Until you really see you could’t think about it. You assume it is a dream and it is not taking place. But it’s and it has and it is achieved.’
As for the footage, all copies of Irwin’s dying had been destroyed instantly after the investigation was full, aside from one.
It has been reported Terri was handed the ultimate copy of her husband’s final moments.
Terri informed You journal in 2018: ‘After Steve died, 100 million viewers watched video of his dying that was launched on YouTube.’
‘That movie was an entire fabrication exploiting folks’s unhappiness. I’ve by no means watched the true footage. Why would I? I understand how my husband died and I was relieved that the youngsters weren’t on the boat as they normally can be; it might have been horrendous if they’d witnessed it.’
According to Terri, there may be nonetheless a replica sitting in a dusty police vault someplace.